Preschool / Kindergarten
When reflecting about the classroom layout I wanted to make sure that I kept three things in mind; 1) location, location, location, 2) access to materials, and 3) noise levels throughout the classroom. While I believe that the perfect classroom is attainable, let’s be honest “perfect’ changes year to year. So if you need to change something annually it’s ok.
The best piece of teaching advice I have ever received is, “If you don’t make a plan, they will”. I think it rings true not just to an ECE classroom, but to all grades and classrooms. If we do not make a plan for every part of the day, our students will make their own plan (and then we’ll have to deal with it).
One way I get through the long days in September is by putting the responsibility of the classroom environment back onto the students’ hands. This is our home for the year. If we keep it clean, if we’re respectful of each other and of our materials, we will have a better year. Plus, there is no better time than the beginning of the year to teach students what the classroom expectations are. In my rooms these expectations include cleaning, organization, and routines.